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Geek of All Trades
Geek of All Trades: Scale out with templates
You can create System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager service templates to deploy and manage remote desktop services with scale out.
Geek of All Trades: Certificates made easy: part 2
You can create and provision custom certificates relatively easily following this process.
Geek of All Trades: Meter your zombie applications
Clearing zombie applications from your environment isn’t unlike what you see heroes doing in the movies, but you need the right tools.
Geek of All Trades: Fault-tolerant Hyper-V storage
You can actually use the Windows Server 2012 Scale-Out File Server and Server Message Block to create a level of fault-tolerant storage.
Geek of All Trades: Complete automation for service requests
System Center Service Manager 2012 can handle automating the process of managing service requests.
Geek of All Trades: Automate the wizard
You can automate the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Windows deployment wizard and save yourself considerable time and effort.
Geek of All Trades: Script-free glue for automation
System Center Orchestrator 2012 uses runbooks to automate activities and tasks—all without requiring a single line of code or script.
Geek of All Trades: VMM 2012 and Server App-V: happy together
Microsoft quietly added Server App-V to System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012, an excellent move on both the technical and strategic level.
Geek of All Trades: The new certifications
There’s a whole “new” crop of reconfigured and reclassified Microsoft certification exams, but how much has the focus and the gravitas changed?
Geek of All Trades: Office 365 SSO: A Simplified Installation Guide
Installing, configuring and activating single sign-on within Office 365 is a lengthy but worthwhile process.
Geek of All Trades: VM-Hosted RemoteApps: New Best Practice for Virtual Desktops?
Using virtual machine-hosted RemoteApps could be the necessary next step in remote application access.
Geek of All Trades: GPPs for the GPP-less
There are other ways to manage the compliance settings of Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager if you’re shut out of Group Policy.
Geek of All Trades: The Availability Answer
When configuring highly available Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol in Windows Server 2012, you can now include features and support that were never there before.
Geek of All Trades: Live Migrations
No SAN? No problem. You can live migrate Hyper-V virtual machines without using shared storage.
Geek of All Trades: Step-by-Step DirectAccess Installation
Just because you’re part of a small business doesn’t mean you can’t extend your network over the Internet with DirectAccess.
Geek of all Trades: The Rule of 3
When it comes to demystifying Windows 7 licensing practices, it helps to remember the “Rule of 3.”
Geek of All Trades: Cheating Isn’t Always Bad
You can cheat a bit by updating WIMs offline with Windows Updates. Here’s how.
Geek of All Trades: Manage Office 365 with Windows PowerShell
If you never thought you’d need to use Windows PowerShell to manage cloud apps such as Office 365, here’s a QuickStart for the complete newbie.
Geek of All Trades: The USMT Is Your Friend
Even USMT haters might want to revisit this helpful tool for automating OS migrations and bringing along all the user settings.
Geek of All Trades: Expand Beyond One
You can add a second RD Session Host server following these five relatively simple steps.
Geek of all Trades: Certificates Made Easy
Setting up your own mechanism for generating security certificates is nowhere near as complicated as many seem to think.
Geek of all Trades: The Curiosity that Killed the App
There are plenty of free tools out there that help you control your infrastructure, so why aren’t you using them?
Geek of all Trades: Fabric, Host Cluster and Cloud
You can configure VMM 2012, the new Microsoft Hyper-V management platform, to create a high-availability cloud service.
Geek of all Trades: Windows InTune: PC Management Owned by Someone Else
When it comes to monitoring and management, working with a cloud-based service could be the way to go.
Geek of All Trades: Get to that Single Image
Using WDS Driver Databases can help you refine your image-based Windows deployment strategies to a refined science.
Geek of All Trades: Configure Remote Management with Server Manager
Remote Management wasn’t quite there with Windows Server 2008. It’s getting better with the R2 release, but you still have homework to do.
Geek of All Trades: Behind the Scenes with RDS
Our intrepid Geek of All Trades sits down with the authors of the Remote Desktop Services Resource Kit.
Geek of All Trades: The Instant Cloud: Your Office 365 Proof of Concept
Office 365 is exceptionally well-suited for small businesses looking to leap into cloud computing, with a full range of productivity and collaboration features.
Geek of All Trades: No MED-V? P2V XP to W7 with MDT
Running an IT shop has always come with a side order of alphabet soup. That’s not likely to change any time soon.
Geek of All Trades: 6 Tips for 100 Percent WSUS Compliance
WSUS practically stands alone as the premier update-management solution, but you can make it work even better.
Geek of All Trades: Stop Wasting Power and Save $50 per Computer per Year
Having the computers under your control sleep on schedule saves you money and can help conserve power – but it’s a delicate balancing act.
Geek of All Trades: Windows 7 Deployment in 7 Easy Steps
It’s easier to deploy Windows 7 than you may be led to believe by the online documentation that accompanies many of the free deployment tools.
Geek of All Trades: Monitoring Servers with System Center Essentials 2010
Where PerfMon falls short, Essentials comes in with a powerful, flexible, configurable option for monitoring just about any aspect your servers exhibit.
Geek of All Trades: Automatically Deploying Microsoft Office 2010 with Free Tools
You can’t avoid Office 2010, but you can find other ways to automate installation with any of these free tools.
Geek of All Trades: The Troubleshooting Singularity
Advances in technology could have a huge impact on how you do your job—and even the very nature of your job itself.
Geek of All Trades: Patching Dormant Virtual Machines
Using the offline VM servicing tool is a good way to patch those dormant virtual machines populating your enterprise.
Geek of All Trades: Automate Baseline Security Settings
Security configuration is always important. That's why Microsoft continues to strengthen its tools for centrally configuring computer settings -- Group Policy, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).
Geek of All Trades: iSCSI Is the Perfect Fit for Small Environments
Geek of All Trades: Why, When and How to Use Windows 7 XP Mode
Greg Shields takes you through how to best use the virtual functionality of Windows 7 so your business can continue to use legacy applications.
Geek of All Trades: Add Hyper-V to RDS for Inexpensive Virtual Desktops
Adding virtual desktops to your other mechanisms for connecting users to applications and data can be a very smart solution for your small business.
Geek of All Trades: Extend your Applications and Data to…Everywhere!
Geek of All Trades: Tape Is Dead! Long Live Tape!
Data Protection Manager offers powerful new ways to manage your legacy tape storage and backup systems. Read on to find out how.
Geek of all Trades: A Case for a Layered Approach to Deploying Windows Desktops
A monolithic approach to deployment just isn’t practical anymore. What’s needed is a layered approach that lets you easily deploy your Windows desktops, one with a single Windows image as its core. By Greg Shields.
Geek of all Trades: FCI: Classified
IT pros today are responsible for effectively managing ever-increasing amounts of data that may include sensitive or personally identifiable information. Microsoft’s new File Classification Infrastructure make this easier by allowing the use of predefined policies to automate the process of dealing with that data based on the data’s characteristics.
Geek of all Trades: AppLocker: IT’s First Security Panacea?
There’s still no one-stop solution for fully securing your IT systems, but AppLocker comes really, really close. This article offers insights about the technology’s features and functionality.
Geek of all Trades: How to Install Non-Microsoft Patches Using System Center Essentials
Microsoft’s System Center Essentials (SCE) platform combines the functionality of two large-scale Microsoft management solutions—Windows Server Update Services and System Center Operations Manager—in a package designed for smaller environments. Learn how
Geek of all Trades: Microsoft's New Certifications: What They Are, Why They Matter
With the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer credential being retired for all iterations but Windows Server 2003, a new certification program has been created. Greg Shields explains how this new certification path helps to better identify where your skills lie.
Geek of all Trades: Setting Permissions from the Command Line
Greg Shields explains why setting and managing file permissions from the command line, though initially complex, can provide great benefits, and he describes two free tools to help you do this.
Geek of all Trades: The Benefits of Big, Cheap Disks
Windows Server Backup is a quick, easy, and inexpensive way to back up computers running the Windows Server 2008. Greg Shields explains some of the design decisions that went into this tool, an why it may be useful in small environments.
Geek of all Trades: Control Network Access Using DHCP Enforcement
NAP monitors the health of specified computers when they attempt to connect to a network and includes a number of mechanisms to enforce health requirements. This article gives readers an overview of these enforcement mechanisms and, as an example, takes a closer look at setting up DHCP enforcement
Geek of All Trades: Simple Clustering with Hyper-V
Struggling to keep computers running with a minimum of resources and a shrinking budget is a challenge. One thing you can do is increase the availability of your servers with Hyper-V and failover clustering. Find out how.
Geek of All Trades: Tools of the Trade
Get an overview of some handy free tools created by Microsoft that cover many of the tasks IT professionals must deal with on a regular basis. These utilities will help ease the administration of file servers, Exchange servers, desktops, and more.
Geek of All Trades: Making Sense of Server Core
In the world of IT publications, the needs of the jack-of-all-trades IT professionals tend to be neglected. Do you work in a small environment where you are responsible for managing everything from network routing to changing toner cartridges? If so, this new column is dedicated to you. In this first installment, Greg Shields discusses using Windows Server 2008 Server Core in a small environment.
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